10 July, 2021

AUTHOR: Star Sports Content

SILVESTRE DE SOUSA: Newmarket Saturday

I really enjoyed watching England win their semi-final at the Euros on Wednesday night and will be cheering them on in the final against Italy on Sunday night. Obviously, Frankie (Dettori) and Andrea (Atzeni) are huge Italy fans and they were both there at Wembley on Tuesday night. I’m hoping England get the job done for the rest of us jockeys’ sake as the pair of them will be unbearable otherwise 😊.

Before all that we have the small matter of July Cup Day at Newmarket where I’ve got some nice rides to look forward to. It’s also great to be riding at home so I don’t have to travel far and can have some time with the kids at home after morning work before heading to the July course.



AL SAARIYAH – 2.05pm

My first ride of the afternoon is Al Saariyah for the Crisfords in the seven furlong fillies’ handicap. She has a lovely racing weight and comes here on the back of a nice run on soft ground at Haydock back in May. I have only ridden her the once when she was a good second to Alcohol Free at Newbury as a two-year-old. That form looks rock-solid now and I’m hoping she will enjoy the better ground too. I definitely respect the stable’s other runner Riknnah as well as Sir Michael Stoute’s Samoot.

SHINE SO BRIGHT – 3.50pm (Bunbury Cup)

It’s approaching two years since Shine So Bright last got his head in front (pictured below), and we will probably try something different with him in the Bunbury Cup. The aggressive front-running tactics just aren’t working and there is just a chance that switching him off and playing him late may rekindle some enthusiasm. That last success came in a Group Two at York where he beat a proven Group One performer in Laurens, so he must have a chance back in handicap company off a mark of 101. You can make a case out for plenty of these, but I fear Perotto who is improving fast and won nicely at Ascot last time.

ART POWER – 4.25pm (July Cup)

The feature race of the afternoon is the July Cup where I ride another for King Power racing in the shape of Art Power (pictured below). He ran well behind Dream Of Dreams in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and wasn’t beaten that far. I suppose he would probably want the ground to be a little softer here but deserves to take his chance. He doesn’t have to blaze from the front and I’ll just ride him as I find him. It’s a really good Group One as you would expect with the likes of Oxted, Starman, Dragon Symbol, not to mention Rohaan and Creative Force. King Power also saddle Chil Chil who will relish the fast conditions and is on the upgrade. Whether she is quite up to this class yet remains to be seen, but she is improving and is dangerous to discount.


Finally, I ride Love Is Golden for Mark Johnston in the last. He won nicely on his first start of the campaign at Chester in May and then followed that up with another good run at Goodwood. Things haven’t gone so smoothly since and he is another that would probably prefer some rain, however it is always dangerous to dismiss one from the stable.